As parents and children choose after-school activities for the year, the Ontario Association of Optometrists is reminding them to keep eye safety in mind. Eye injuries like retinal detachments, ultraviolent light exposure, and foreign objects in the eye can be easily prevented by wearing protective eyewear.
No matter what activities your child is participating in, it's important that they are properly protected. Optometrists can help prescribe and fit children with proper eyewear. Glasses and goggles can also be customized with a prescription if necessary. Here are some options to consider when it comes to protective eyewear:
1. Sport glasses. Whether children are interested in a high-contact or low-contact sport, it's important their eyes are protected from finger pokes, elbow nudges, and flying balls or birdies. Children who play any sport may benefit from protective polycarbonate sport glasses. The polycarbonate material is impact-resistant and blocks out UV rays, making it a safe choice for activities like soccer, basketball, tennis, and badminton.
2. Swimming goggles. Goggles are a must for children who like the water. The chemicals in pool water can wash away the eye's protective tear film, leaving it susceptible to bacteria that causes pink eye. Reduce the risk of infection with properly fitting swimming goggles. Test the fit by pressing the eyepiece around the eyes without pulling the strap around the back of the head. If the goggles stay in place without slipping off, they're a good fit. If they sip off quickly, try a pair with a different sized eyepiece or nose piece.
3. Sunglasses. Any time children are headed outdoors, it is important that sunglasses are worn to block out harmful UV light. Be sure to select quality sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 per cent of UVA and UVB radiation and 75 to 90 per cent of visible light. Sunglasses are just as important in the winter, especially when the harsh sun reflects off of the snow.
4. Safety eyewear. Just as scientists and construction workers wear protective eyewear, children should be protecting their eyes when performing tasks that could result in a foreign object landing in their eye. This includes chemicals, sawdust, and other types of debris. Schools often provide protective eyewear when there is an immediate risk of this nature, but it's best to double check to be safe.
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